Thai Massage course
4-11th July: A one week live-in course in Nea Makri, Greece hosted by Nea Guinea
Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing art that consists of a set of techniques developed in Southeast Asia 2500 years ago. These techniques are applied in order to stimulate and balance the flow of energy in the basic channels that run throughout the body and enhance the system’s potential for self-healing. Application of pressure along the energy lines and passive stretching, release nerve and muscle tension, activate blood and lymph circulation and detoxify the tissues. This workshop is a one week immersion in this traditional healing art, focusing on:
– the correct posture and the synchronization of movement and breathing .
– basic stretching and pressuring techniques (using thumbs, elbows and forearms) in prone, supine, side.
Aspasia Rarri has been trained in Traditional Thai Massage, in Northern Thailand, by attending seminars and practicing with local teachers. Specifically, she has studied Traditional Thai Yoga Massage with Dot Po at the Sunshine Massage School of Chiang Mai and Advanced Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage) with Ohm Rinraya in the Omsala School in Chiang Mai. For the last 5 years she has been working as a practitioner, immersing in this healing art with love and devotion. Since 2012, she has been organizing Thai massage courses in Nea Guinea and she has been coordinating the Alternative Healing Space, a project that has been developed with the collaboration of natural healers who are committed in diffusing natural healing practices and making them accessible to everyone, through open informative events and therapeutic sessions at very low rates. In addition, she has been practicing Yoga and Capoeira, in search of diverse methods and techniques to approach and explore in depth the complexity of the human body.
The course will be held in Nea Guinea’s quarters in Nea Makri, 45 minutes by public bus from the city center of Athens. All sessions will be conducted outdoors, at an open air classroom at the garden, under the shade of pine trees and among herbs and fruit shrubs.
The food for the course will be provided by Nea Guinea and its cost is included in the course fees. The food provided is of a vegetarian cuisine and includes breakfast, tea breaks, branch and dinner. Fresh organic vegetables will be provided from Nea Guinea’s garden, which is located at a walking distance from the quarters, were we will all have a chance to do a bit of gardening and gather our veggies! Other food not produced by the garden will be sourced locally from small farmers and, whenever possible, organic food will be used in every meal. Those with a big appetite will be happy to find traditional tavernas located within walking distance (or a short bicycle ride) from the living quarters.
The Nea Guinea living quarters are equipped with two dormitory style rooms with bunk beds, with capacity of six and ten people respectively. There is also space for setting up a camping tent in the garden or sleeping in hummocks. Bathrooms are shared, with one indoor bathroom with toilet and bath and one outdoor shower with a washing basin.
During all days of the workshop, there will be afternoon and evening breaks during which a swim or a bicycle ride will be a great escape from the workshop’s manual activities. A few bicycles will be available for all to use in order to discover the area, and the seaside is at a walking distance from the living quarters. There will be some fun nights with gatherings at the beach so do bring musical instruments and anything creative that you can share with others.
Who is this course for:
This course is for people that are considering an alternative approach to health and wish to improve their relationship with their body, as well as people that are interested in using Thai massage as a tool for getting actively involved in the healing process, based on their own knowledge and their own skills. The course is intended to be suitable for all levels of experience and abilities, so no prior theoretical or practical knowledge is required. People new to Thai massage will be given special attention and support throughout the course so that they will be able to develop a basic level of understanding of the different concepts and techniques. People who are already familiar with this healing art, will be provided with valuable information, that will help them deepen their understanding and further immerse into the practice of Thai massage.
How to get there
From central Athens: Public buses start every hour from 6:00 to 22:30, from Mauromateon str at Pedio Areos in central Athens (cost 2.90 Euro, duration 55 min). Get off at Nea Makri and follow the map. More information at KTEL Attikis.
From the airport: Take the Proastiakos train or the Metro train from the airport in the direction of Athens center and get off at the Pallini station (http://goo.gl/maps/TySaf) (duration 15 min roughly). Outside the station on the main road, is the bus stop of the KTEL buses to Nea Makri (direction Marathonas).
Course program (4th to 11th of July 2015)
Day 1 : Arrivals – introduction
Day 2 : Foot massage, pressure points on the energy lines of the legs.
Day 3 : Single and double leg stretches with exercises similar to yoga.
Day 4 : Chest and arms: pressure points on the chest, energy lines of the arms, stretches of the hands.
Day 5 : Side position: stretching techniques for arms and legs, spinal twists.
Day 6 : Back of the body and sitting position: Techniques and pressure points on the back, legs and back stretches while lying on stomach. Pressure points for the neck and shoulders, stretching techniques and spinal twists while in sitting position.
Day 7 : Face and head: techniques for the face and pressure points on the head.Give a whole massage under supervision, by practicing what we’ve learned during
Day 8 : Departures
440 Euro – Waged
390 Euro – Low Waged
340 Euro – Unemployed/Students
Course fees include food and accommodation, tuition and materials for the course.
Payments: A 150 Euro deposit is required to secure your place in the course. The deposit is refundable until the 4th of June. The balance of the course fees will be made during the beginning of the course.
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